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Maria defeats Ivanovic for 500th career win


Maria has recorded her 500th career win as she advanced to the final of the Mutua Madrid Open. Maria defeated No.16 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes.

Maria is making her first appearance in the final in Madrid and this is her fourth final of 2013. Since winning Rome last year, Maria remains unbeaten on clay and this is her 21st straight win on the surface.

In the first set, Maria got the first break in the fifth game as Ivanovic netted a forehand and Ivanovic broke back immediately in the next game. Maria took control of the set by breaking Ivanovic to lead 4-3 with a forehand winner. On set point at 5-4, Ivanovic's shot floated long as Maria took the first set 6-4 in 38 minutes.

Ivanovic raced into a 2-0 lead in the second set but Maria won five of the next six games and won the match on a blistering crosscourt forehand winner to book her spot in Sunday's final.

In Sunday's final to be played at 1.00 PM local time, Maria will play No.1 seed Serena Williams of the United States. Maria has played Williams fourteen times before and trails the series 2-12

Superb achievement from Maria. Totally made up! :clap:

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Maria loses Madrid final


Maria's run at the Mutua Madrid Open is over in the final as she was defeated by No.1 seed Serena Williams of the United States. Maria lost 1-6 4-6 in an hour and 18 minutes.

Maria could win only one game in the first set but the second set was closer as Maria had a 3-1 but could only win one more game as Williams took the set 6-4.

Rome will be Maria's next tournament beginning on Monday.

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Rome News


Maria will head to Rome to play the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for her final tournament before Roland Garros. Maria is seeded No.2 and has a bye in the first round.

In the second round, Maria will play either Garbine Muguruza of Spain or Mathilde Johansson of France. Maria hasn't played either player before. The first seed Maria can meet is No.16 seed Sloane Stephens of the United States in the third round.

Maria is making her sixth appearance in the Italian capital and she is the two-time defending champion and has 900 points to defend.

Maria's past results in Rome

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